Monday, August 15, 2011

Maternal IV Fluids Linked to Newborns' Weight Loss

ScienceDaily (Aug. 14, 2011) — A newborn baby's weight loss is often used to determine how well a baby is breastfeeding, and concern about a baby which loses too much weight may result in supplementing breastfeeding with formula. However, many women receive IV fluids during labor, and new research published in BMC's open access journal International Breastfeeding Journalshows that some of a newborn's initial weight loss may be due to the infant regulating its hydration and not related to a lack of breast milk.

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